Listening to 60 Minutes interview tonight with Romney & Ryan tonight I was struck by how often the phrase "...back on the right track." was used.
Romney described Ryan as a person who "wants to get the country back on the right track." Romney said this several times (I didn't count, but more than 3 times). e.g. another later quote was "The kind of person who will get this country back on the right track."
Ryan said several times during the 60 Minutes interview that his interest in politics began with the interest of "getting the country back on the right track". and at another time "....making a choice to get the country back on the right track."
Ryan's own stated interest in this interview was that the period preceding his elected office in the house of representative position has been getting the country "back" on the "right track."
If we go back to that time... his first elected position in 1999 to the house of reps, (13 years)... he was elected during the mid-term elections prior tof Bush II's first term and the end of Clinton's 2nd term.
Before his elected position while a student at Miami (of Ohio) University he was indoctrinated by his econ prof with the economics of Milton Friedman, Hyak, and Ayan Rand's hard right libertarian ideological conservatism. While in college he worked as an intern with Wisconsin's outspoken conservative Senator Kasten, and did campaign work for John Boehner's congressional election. His BA was in econ & poly-sci.
He started to work in politics as a staff economist for Wisconsin's Kasten office, and after Kasten was defeated he worked as a speech writer for Empower America, and then for Jack Kemp during his 1996 presidential campaign.
Just to emphasize his ideological roots in Rand's libertarian ideology: ...Ryan has credited Ayn Rand as his inspiration for getting involved in public service. In a 2005 speech at the Atlas Society, [re: Rand's Atlas Shrugged] he stated he grew up reading Rand, and that her books molded his identity, values and beliefs. He also found Rand inspirational enough to make her required reading for his interns and staff.
So we see the context of "getting back on the right track" is just the current rhetoric for the formerly stated "getting America back", which has it's genesis for Ryan's ideology in Rand's hard right libertarianism, and the post-New Deal reactionary position. This is also illustrated by: In.2004 and 2005, Ryan pushed the Bush administration to propose the privatization of Social Security.
BTW, in case you haven't read or have by now long since forgotten what Atlas Shrugged was all about:
The book explores a dystopian United States where many of society's most productive citizens refuse to be exploited by increasing taxation and government regulations and go on strike. Atlas Shrugged endorses the belief that a society's best hope rests on adopting a system of pure laissez-faire. (source) This is otherwise known as social Darwinism, or dog-eat-dog.
It's not difficult then to see that Ryan's interest in "getting back on track" means going back to the pre-New Deal, pioneering period of early colonialism's, and pre-constitutional articles of confederation era individualism.... talk about "small gov't"... that's where he would like the US to go "back" to. He's a nut case.
I thought about what Ryan's and Romney's "getting back on the right track" really means in a single phrase:
Bring back the aristocracy.
Of course this is a political killer, so thats why they use all the rhetoric, mis-information, vagaries, and out-right lies (especially in Ryan's budget plan). To think that intelligent, college educated 'merican's can still fall for this propaganda though is way beyond my ability to understand it.. try as I might.